… And Rokkspawn makes my 20th character at Level 100. What the Hell is wrong with me!
I can’t explain why I needed to level another character to 100. Faulty wiring in my head, OCD issues, I have no idea. I’d tried using the Legion Invasions to level a Pandaren Warrior, but after taking him from 61 to 78 I just couldn’t do it anymore. I didn’t have a Demon Hunter on this particular server, so I thought I’d give it a try.
In two hours, I’d leveled him from 98-100, got him a few pieces of Invasion gear, got a Level 2 garrison, and started some buildings. Not sure I’m going to need to get the garrison to Level 3. But I did start the ball rolling.
Now I’m not very focused on going far with my garrison since Legion drops in just under two weeks. I wouldn’t mind getting some use out of my follower missions. The best way to do that is by getting a bunch of followers. But how does one go about doing something like that? Once again, MadSeason comes up big with a video outlining an easy way to pick up 16 garrison followers in about two hours.
Check it out, and consider yourself educated. Now go start that garrison that you’re probably going to abandon in a couple of weeks!
Garrisons were nerfed to the ground as far as passive gold making went. So, you might ask, is there any point in maintaining them in Legion? I have posted a suggestion in the past, but Mad Season has gone the extra mile and created a video that outlines a very good garrison setup that should still generate some decent gold that, while not completely passive, will not take a great deal of time out of your day.
I would write more, but Demon Hunters went live today and I’m going to see if I can transmog one as Robin before he goes into the new expansion. Anyway, enjoy!
I like to think that, despite there being 24 hours in a day, most folk only use the last minute to get things done.
Take me for example. I started switching out some of my garrison buildings and realized that, for the past year, I could have been doing things much better. Things are falling into place, just as the game board is about to get slapped off the table. The Legion pre-expansion patch goes live tomorrow, July 19th, and plenty of things will be a-changing. Check out Blizzard’s video where they briefly discuss what to look for tomorrow.
The garrison changes will be going live as well. This means:
- Gold sources will be disappearing (Jewelcrafting Daily) or changing (gold follower missions will reward garrison resources).
- Salvage Yard will no longer produce the transmog gear.
- Follower weapon and armor tokens will sell for copper, rather than gold.
- Trading Post items will increase in value 4x.
If you’ve got garrison business, I suggest you do it now and get the last bit of coin out of the garrison that you can before it all goes away. Oh, and yadda yadda class changes transmog etc etc.
Legion will be here in a few short months. More importantly, the gold making garrison grind will be gone in a few short months. Followers with the Treasure Hunter ability will become Super Scavengers, and treasure hunting missions will reward garrison resources rather than gold. I’d been using the passive gold making with my army of alts to buy tokens so that I could play for free. There’s a real possibility that this will go away once the garrison changes go live.
As a casual player, I simply do not have the time to devote to hardcore gold making on multiple alts, just to earn enough gold to buy tokens per month. Yes I could farm raids, or milk every last gold-making drop out of every garrison, on every alt. Right now, spending about fifteen minutes a day makes me enough gold to get a token every week or so. When the gold missions disappear, that gold generation time is going to balloon to well over an hour. If I want to do anything in-game beyond making gold, I simply won’t have the time for it. I’d be making gold to buy tokens to get game time to make gold to buy tokens etc.
However, I did read a reddit post where there was a discussion regarding the gold farming potential of a Demon Hunter. The tips that were covered in the post could easily be used for any current level 100 character, and from what I was reading it seemed possible to earn enough gold to buy a token using only one character. Sure, it would only be a token per month rather than per week, but it would certainly be much easier to focus on a single character rather than ten. Most of my alts exist only to generate garrison gold. If I no longer had to focus on all of them, I’d probably be able to enjoy keeping the focus on just one or two.
Anyway, here is the information I pulled from the reddit post. I may experiment with this for the next few weeks, which means reducing my garrison grind. If it keeps me playing for free, with a little pocket change on the side, all the better. The post references Demon Hunters, but like I said, it could just as easily apply to any level 100 character.
Engineering & Alchemy as professions (speed-levelable very cheap despite not needing 700 skill for Legion) and Scribe/Alch buildings for max post-patch profit with a Trading Post. They can power out Sky Golems each month and mass produce Card of Omens and Alchemical Catalysts.
It’s currently not clear how the shipyard will be effected with 7.0, so that’s on hold. If shipyards remain profitable with an independent supply of Oil, then a lvl 3 garrison is viable and also allows for Rush Orders from follower missions for small buildings.
As Engineers they will be wonderful mount farmers with fast teleporting to Area 52, Pandaria, Northrend & Draenor, if/when I have time for weekly runs.
Each DH –
- 1320 Card of Omens per month from work orders w/follower (way more with Rush Orders) (approx 4440, estimates from a later post)
- 1232 Alchemical Catalysts per month from daily CD and work orders w/follower (way more with Rush Orders)
- 1 Sky Golem per month
Tens of thousands of GR per month per garrison tradable @ the Trading Post for mats or gold depending on market value.
Better processes may come out, but I’ve been dodging Inscription huts for the longest time (despite hearing what great gold-making potential they have). Might be time to give them a chance. Plus, you can never have too many ports (a la Engineering). Now’s the time to shuffle things around.
Unless you’re playing Overwatch. Then you’ve probably got other things taking up your every waking moment.
Well Internet, we knew it had to happen sometime. Blizzard said as much, but part of me (the greedy part) kinda hoped they might just accidentally overlook it. You know, just let it slide to throw a bone to the working man.
Instead, they threw a bone (the throbbing one) into the Garrison and banged the gold out of it.
This information seems to have been met with a resounding “meh” because people are pretty sick of garrisons in general. Like I said, everybody knew this was going to happen because Blizzard had mentioned it before. Plus, and let’s be honest here, if anyone currently involved in WoD content had no idea that garrisons were a gold making machine, they haven’t been paying attention to pretty much anything.
I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say this was “broken” as much as maybe a thank you from Blizzard for sticking with a pretty sparse expansion. If you have one or two characters with a fully fleshed out garrison, you were probably making some decent passive gold. It probably covered your raiding repair bills, and maybe you picked up a bobble or two off the AH, if it tickled your fancy. If you happened to have six characters with jacked garrisons, you could probably buy a token for a free month of WoW every week.
Some have said that people are going to have to work for their gold now. They said that garrisons made gold-making too easy. I have sixteen characters at 100, and fifteen of them are at the point where they can make some decent gold for me. I see that as a return on my investment of a) gold spent in leveling up the garrisons, and b) time leveling each character to 100 and amassing enough resources to build up the garrison. I leveled those characters up so I wouldn’t have to spend hours farming old raids for vendor gold, or to gather transmog shit that may or may not sit on the AH for days or weeks before they sell. I front loaded my timesink so that I could coast later.
Am I bitter that the nerf is coming? Not overly, to be honest. Sure it devalues my investments, because those treasure hunting followers are going to be pretty much useless now. I’ll have to make some shifts, but with a little more work I feel that garrisons could still be potential money-makers. They might not make tens of thousands of gold per week, but if they can make that in a month then I’m still playing World of Warcraft for free. That’s what I make my gold for. I’m not in it to measure my “gold-peen” as a millionaire in a video game. I’m in it to save 12-15 real life dollars a month that I could use elsewhere.
What are your thoughts on the nerf? Happy to see it go? Mourning the loss of the gravy train? Do you have plans to keep your garrison making gold in Legion?